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But like the title non-phenomenon (y'know, the thing about a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon somehow resulting in a Japanese typhoon), every time Evan goes back to fix the past, he wakes up in a strange new present where his and his friends' lives are completely different - with terrible consequences.
Personal and political histories are evoked in a seemingly gratuitous way (a practice that goes back to the origins of abstraction) and remind us less of the private and public dramas alluded to than of the difficulty of addressing these and other real-life issues through abstraction.
When the real money's there and the books have been balanced, if there's extra money there, it goes back to the taxpayers.